Team Dakota, the developers behind the upcoming Project Spark for the Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC, shared a video Saturday of a tower defense game being built from scratch using the editing tools and objects available in the game making software. The results from a little over an hour of work can best be described as mind boggling.
The video from the livestream event on Twitch.tv shows one of the developers "driving" the creation process through Project Spark's tools and menus with two others providing commentary. It's an educational experience as they demonstrate the ease with which amateur developers can iterate through the game creation process and the surprising power and flexibility available with the engine.
For those that don't know, the game creation video game builds on the Kodu visual programming language that Microsoft introduced for the Xbox 360 and PC in 2009. Players are able to use the Project Spark game engine to create their own unique environments and fill it with fully programmable objects to create a game. Each object has a "brain" that can be edited with a series of commands.
In the case of the tower defense game, that means the ability to create waves of enemies to follow a path while the player build towers to defend the home base.
This is actually the second livestream video that Team Dakota released for Project Spark with the first video showing off the world-editing tools that will be available. It looks incredibly impressive at this stage of development and should allow Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC users a chance to not only learn some programming basics but also stretch their creativity a little.
A release date for Project Spark has not been announced yet but there will be a beta launch announcement this week at Gamescom.
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